Hublot Loves New York!

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Luxury Swiss brand celebrates Grand Opening of new, global flagship store by Peter Marino on Iconic Fifth Avenue with a series of unique and exciting events honoring 10 Year Anniversary of All Black!

Today, luxury Swiss watch brand Hublot celebrated its love of New York City by hosting a series of events throughout Manhattan, with plenty of surprises in true Hublot fashion Ricardo Guadalupe, CEO of Hublot, descended upon NYC to host a number of celebrations in honor of several exciting Hublot milestones.

Crowds gathered by the crossroads of Fifth Avenue and 57th Street early this afternoon, as Hublot fêted the opening of its New York City Flagship location in the heart of the city with a unique, unprecedented take on a ribbon cutting ceremony. The new boutique, at the center of New York’s premier luxury shopping district is designed by architect Peter Marino and will be Hublot’s largest retail location in the United States. Ricardo Guadalupe joined together with Brand Ambassadors Usain Bolt and living legend (and soccer god) Pelé to host the ribbon cutting ceremony outside of the boutique before inviting guests to experience the World of Hublot inside. As the gentlemen gathered in front of the boutique, eyes were directed skywards as a duo of acrobatic dancers descended from the rooftop and danced across the incredible façade until they reached the ground to present Usain Bolt with his newest limited edition watch, just in time for the upcoming Games in Pelé’s native Brazil this summer. Guests, including international and local media, VIPs, and friends of the brand, were then invited inside to explore the new boutique. After the dynamic dance routine, Peter Marino, architect of both the building and the boutique, cut the ribbon, along with, Ricardo Guadalupe, Usain Bolt and Pelé.

Living legend Pelé shared, “I’m honored to be here in New York on behalf of Hublot as it celebrates this exciting milestone. I have a long history with Hublot and am thrilled to be able to witness the brand’s continued growth.”

The new space at 743 Fifth Avenue (between 57th and 58th streets in the center of Manhattan) is the latest in the long collaboration between Peter Marino Architect and Hublot which began in 2010 with Marino’s design for the flagship in Place Vendome, Paris, the first of the 5 boutiques that followed. The boutique’s design exhibits the brand’s DNA of luxury and innovation combined with its Art of Fusion concept of unexpected combinations. The dramatic new façade, lit with LEDs and faceted with powder coated black aluminum panels rise 70 feet (21m) above Fifth Avenue and is the brand’s tallest in the world. The boutique’s décor reflects Hublot’s use of unique materials, which maintains a prominent role in the brand’s watchmaking design. The 1500 square feet (139m2) interior, the brand’s largest in the US, conveys a contemporary style, with black lava stone and wood floors, graphite-colored leather furnishings, glass and polished stainless steel fixtures, and high-tech innovations including “shadow-less” LCD vitrine windows, sophisticated yet unobtrusive lighting, a wall of monitors, and a “book” with virtual turning “pages”, each showing a part of Hublot’s history, in the main window on Fifth Avenue. An untitled 2014 painting by the artist Albrecht Schnider seems to “float” in front of the smoked gray floor to ceiling mirror in the back of the boutique. The space reveals a fusion between premium materials and a luxurious yet modern aesthetic.

Peter Marino, architect, reflected on the boutique’s design, “The sculptural movement inherent in the façade is an abstract notion of time and the perpetual mechanism of the watch.”

Inside the boutique, guests were given a chance to view Hublot’s newest timepiece in honor of Usain Bolt – the Big Bang UNICO Usain Bolt – designed in collaboration with the world’s fastest man. The piece – interpreted in both a bold yellow gold version and a ceramic version edition – features a masculine and sporty design with gold and green hues, a nod to Usain Bolt’s signature colors, and a strap embossed with the Jamaican flag to pay tribute to Usain’s home country. The brand’s in-house UNICO movement with flyback chronographic can accurately time any race, but this version alone has Usain’s signature “lightning bolt” as its second hand. Each piece will be offered on a limited edition basis.

Usain Bolt, the World’s Fastest Man, enthused, “I am very excited about the launch of the new Hublot Usain Bolt signature watches. The limited edition King Power Usain Bolt that was released in 2012 was very popular and I expect people to like these pieces even more.”

Later that evening, Hublot took over the internationally-renowned Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum on Manhattan’s Upper East Side for a large-scale event to celebrate the 10 Year Anniversary of All Black. This revolutionary concept introduced the idea of "Invisible visibility" - a philosophy symbolizing the very essence of the brand - a powerful and emblematic design which became the height of fashion. Today, Hublot is still a pioneering figure in this monochrome, all black style, which has been replicated by nearly every major watchmaking house. Hublot transformed the Guggenheim’s modern, iconic, white space into an All Black experience in tribute to this momentous occasion, with a black/white accented vestibule by Swiss graphic artist Maxime Büchi.

Jean-Claude Biver, Chairman of Hublot and President of LVMH Watch Division, shared: “We are ecstatic to honor the accomplishments of our great brand. At Hublot, we strive to Be First, Be Unique, Be Different. We break the mold when it comes to design, innovation and watchmaking expertise, and we are proud to celebrate these achievements with our closest friends tonight.”

Guests, including Brand Ambassadors Pelé, Usain Bolt, and Major Champion Justin Rose, as well as friends of the brand including Jesse Palmer, Victor Cruz, and Maxime Büchi joined Ricardo Guadalupe on the Black Carpet prior to entering the famed museum. Once inside, guests enjoyed “All Black” themed hors d’oeuvres like Osetra caviar stuffed purple marble potatoes and black sesame ahi tuna in temaki cones served with Hublot themed cocktails including “All Black”, “Big Bang” and “Classic Fusion” custom made with Belvedere, Ardbeg, Glenmorangie, and Hennessy VSOP Privilege.

DJs Hannah Bronfman and Brendan Fallis provided the musical entertainment leading up to the evening’s centerpiece: a set by acclaimed New York-area raised recording artist and Grammy winner Wyclef Jean who performed such major hit “Ready or Not” with the backing of the Alumni Boys Choir of Harlem to a mesmerized crowd!

Ricardo Guadalupe, CEO of Hublot, shared: “Hublot is thrilled to share this exciting occasion with the city of New York, where our concept of the Art of Fusion comes to life in full form. Not only are we celebrating our new boutique on Fifth Avenue – the largest Hublot boutique in the US – but we are paying tribute to the iconic and innovative All Black collection that Hublot founded exactly 10 years ago.

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